Life Day 23962: Happy “Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane” Day.

February 18, 2013 at 12:25 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | 1 Comment

Good morning bovine air-travel trivia buffs. Today is Monday, February 18, 2013. The first “holiday today is Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day. On this day in 1930, Nellie Jay, from Sunnymeade Farms in Bismarck, WI, became the first cow to fly, and be milked, in an airplane. She was flown to St. Louis, MO, as a part of a promotional campaign for the International Aircraft Exposition. She was milked 3 times and produced a total of 24 quarts (6 gallons) of milk on her historic voyage. Also on the flight were a number of reporters to record the event. The milk was sealed in paper containers and parachuted over St. Louis, MO.
Now on with more frivolous matters. The second “holiday” is Pluto Day. No, it does not celebrate Mickey Mouse’s canine friend, but rather the discovery on this day in 1930 of the ninth planet, Pluto, by Clyde Tombaugh. It has since been deemed “not an actual Planet” by scientists. As a side note, New Mexico, because it’s well….New Mexico, has proclaimed March 13th as “Pluto Is a Planet Day”. Oh Well.
I’m really charged up to inform you that the next “holiday” is National Battery Day. I was shocked to learn that the precursor for the modern day battery was invented by Alessandro Volta in 1800. Today marks the anniversary of his birth in 1745. If you are a pink bunny who beats a big drum, you should pay homage to Mr. Volta for paving the way to your career in advertising today. If you think you are a pink bunny who beats a big drum, seek psychiatric help immediately.
Oh yes, I almost forgot. Today is the third Monday in February, which means that it is time once again to celebrate Completely Fictitious Holiday Created Solely To Give Government Employees, Bankers, and Postal Workers a 3 day Weekend, and Give Retailers An Excuse To Hold A Sale In the Middle of February Day  um, I mean President’s Day. Once upon a time, not long ago, February was a month to be anticipated by young and old alike with much joy. Not only did it contain Valentines Day, but it included two holidays for which children got out of school, and parents got off from work; Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on the 12th, and George Washington’s birthday on the 22nd. Then, in 1968, the ogres in Congress passed HR 15951, which changed the observance of George Washington’s birthday to the third Monday in February. Gone were the two days off (unless you were a government employee or bank employee). They were replaced by massive “white sales” by retailers. A common misconception is that President’s Day is a consolidation of both Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays, or that it is a celebration of all Presidents. Neither is true. Federally, the third Monday of February is the official observance for only George Washington’s birthday.

There are two food-related “holidays” today. They are Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day, and Drink Wine Day. As I have stated in this BLOG before I am not a big fan of seafood, and I gave up alcohol in all forms over 25 years ago. Therefore, I will not be observing either of these.

On this date in 2000, the U.S. Commerce Department reported a deficit in trade goods and services of $271.3 billion for 1999. It was the largest calender-year trade gap in U.S. history. Ah, how I long for the “good old days”.
Other historical events that happened on this date include:
In 1564, the artist Michelanglelo died in Rome.
In 1841, the first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began. It lasted until March 11th.
In 1861, in Montgomery, AL, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States.
In 1885, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published in the U.S. for the first time.
In 1932, Sonja Henie won her 6th world women’s figure skating title in Montreal, Canada.
In 1949, “Yours Truly Johnny Dollar” debuted on CBS radio.
In 1952,  Greece and Turkey became members of NATO.
In 1953,  Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the “I Love Lucy” TV show through 1955.
In 1970, the Chicago Seven defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention.
In 1972, the California Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty.
In 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise went on its maiden “flight” sitting on top of a Boeing 747.
In 1987, the executives of the Girl Scout movement decided to change the color of the scout uniform from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.
In 1998, in Nevada, two white separatists were arrested and accused of plotting a bacterial attack on subways in New York City.
In 2001, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race.
Also in 2001, FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
And in 2006, American Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000-meter speed-skating in Turin. He was the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Mary Tudor, 1516 – The Queen of England known as “Bloody Mary
Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, 1745 – Physicist.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848 – Glass maker.
Enzo Ferrari, 1898 – Auto maker.
Jack Palance, 1919 – Actor.
Bill Cullen, 1920 – TV host.
Helen Gurley Brown, 1922 – Author.
George Kennedy, 1925 – Actor.
Gahan Wilson, 1930 – Cartoonist.
Yoko Ono, 1933 – Artist.
Cybil Sheppard, 1950 – Actress.
Juice Newton, 1952 – Singer.
Robbie Bachman 1953 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
John Travolta, 1954 – Actor.
Vanna White, 1957 – Game show host.
Matt Dillon, 1964 – Actor.
And finally, Molly Ringwald, 1968 – Actress.

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  1. […] Washington’s birthday. I know that federal and state governments observed it last Monday, on President’s Day,  but today is the date of his actual birth. I won’t dwell on this any further since I […]

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